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Kevin S. Baker
Wasilla Mayor
October 3, 2017

Economy

Clock Tower
No Sales Tax
New Moneys
Iditarod Site
Fairgrounds
Menard Center
Library Site
Tourism
Economy
Unemployment
I believe that in the state of our economy, this is not a good time to propose a tax increase. Unemployment in the Valley has risen in the last year to 8.2%. People are struggling, and I believe if this tax passes, things are only going to get worse. Our businesses in the City are already struggling trying to compete with Anchorage for discretionary income. We currently have 33% of residents in the area commuting to Anchorage for work with an additional 12% commuting to other areas. Studies have shown that those commuters are spending approximately 40% of their nondiscretionary income in Anchorage. The current Mayor said in a 2014 interview that he is focused on growing Wasilla. He stated "If you want to go shopping in the Valley, you should come to Wasilla". "I don't want you to go to Anchorage". Knowing the sales tax is one of the reasons commuters and non-commuters alike shop in Anchorage, this increase makes no sense. Give residents some incentive to shop local businesses, and our economy will grow. With vacant spaces downtown, it is problematic to buy/sell.

Stronger economy is a priority.

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